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CB Radio

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by chugchug, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Sep 5, 2010 at 5:58 PM
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    chugchug

    chugchug [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have been thinking of getting a CB radio not sure what I need to look for. Can any one help me and tell me what I would need to look for?

    Thank you
     
  2. Sep 5, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    :popcorn:Ohhhhh you're gonna get flamed!
     
  3. Sep 5, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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    Hey do you see that Search button up there? Its your buddy!

    You need a CB of your choice, Coax Cable ( 12ft +) and a tunable antenna (firestik, wilson etc...)
     
  4. Sep 5, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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    There's no special thing to look for. The most common CB type transmits AM, on 40 channels. They are limited to 4 watts output by federal regulation, and most any radio you buy will be putting out pretty close to that power.

    If you want a PA (public address--a speaker you can talk through with the CB serving as an amplifier), weather receive capability, etc. then you should look at those options.

    Offerings from Cobra, Midland, Radio Shack, and Uniden are known decent brands. I would stay away from off-brand and "import" radios.

    Anyone who wants to sell you an amplifier is putting you at risk of FCC fines and equipment confiscation. If you want more range than legal CB will give you, earn an amateur radio license and you can talk to the world.

    Choice of antenna is important. Don't go magnetic mount -- mount something permanently. You can find a lot of options at a two-way radio shop, or online. Firestik is a popular antenna choice.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2010 at 6:10 PM
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    Good advice. By the way I was just messing with the OP. They're something in every price range for you. I'm considering getting one too. I would recommend getting one with a weather radio module, but that's just my personal opinion. They seem to also have bluetooth capabilities but frankly I'm not sure what they're accomplishing with that.

    CB, Antenna, coax and some wiring. CB is cheap!
     
  6. Sep 5, 2010 at 6:10 PM
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    ok thanks guys
     
  7. Sep 5, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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    Check out ebay...tons of deal on there :)
     
  8. Sep 5, 2010 at 6:15 PM
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    I did that just wasnt sure what to look for
     
  9. Sep 5, 2010 at 6:18 PM
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    No biggie, we were just messing around...hope that info up tops helps :)
     
  10. Sep 5, 2010 at 8:55 PM
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    Here is the CB radio I would get.
    Awesome radio in a small package.
    AM and SSB

    Not all antennas are created equal. Some are expensive and perform terribly.
    If you need help choosing an antenna or installation pm me

    http://www.wearecb.com/store/galaxy-dx-979-ssb-cb-radio-p-1688.html
     
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    what you need is a Cobra 75, and a magnetic roof mount. 2 things to buy, and an awesome setup.
     
  12. Sep 5, 2010 at 9:30 PM
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    Firestick is an awesome tunable antenna!! What ever radio you get, I would have it "peaked and tuned"!!
     
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    I'm running a Cobra 75 in my Taco. It saves lot's of space. I'm running the Firestick with it and I'm very happy.
     
  14. Sep 5, 2010 at 9:59 PM
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    That's really not necessary, factory tuning should be fine on any quality CB.

    If you find a repair technician with the proper license, they can adjust a CB to be closer to the maximum legal output, but for the money you spend doing that you would be better off buying higher quality coax or a better antenna.
     
  15. Sep 5, 2010 at 10:56 PM
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    + 1 to Got Tacoma's post. I've had cb's for awhile and although I don't use them any more due to cell phones, the Galaxy would be my first choice.
     
  16. Sep 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    anyone have a red colored firestick so i can see what it would look like on my truck? or does everyone have a black one?
     
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